St. Paul, Minneapolis teachers to discuss filing intent to strike

The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and the St. Paul Federation of Educators have scheduled a joint news conference Wednesday afternoon to discuss filing their intent to strike.

The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers announced the intent to strike via a social media post Wednesday morning, saying they plan to file the intent Wednesday.

Tuesday, both unions and school district officials held mediation sessions.

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Members of both unions voted to authorize a strike last week.

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Members of both unions have told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they want higher wages, smaller class sizes and more mental health support for students.

So far, neither union has set a strike date but if they do, there’s a 10-day window to try to reach an agreement.

District officials and union members have said they’ll continue working to reach an agreement.

Additionally, 200 Minneapolis Public Schools food service workers are considering a strike. They’re planning to hold a vote on whether to authorize a strike a week from Wednesday.

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